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NAVOS - Believe Me my music career wouldn't exist without lockdown

by Shannon Garner. Published Thu 22 Apr 2021 15:34, last updated: 22/04/21

We enjoyed a ZOOM chat with Liverpool artist NAVOS, whose track Believe Me has surpassed over four million Spotify plays and taken the internet by storm.

NAVOS, real name Ross Harrington, has been signed by Island Records after releasing what’s fast becoming the dance anthem of the summer.

Speaking from his bedroom, which struck us as a suitably minimal space for a man who has just quit Dunelm to chase fortune and fame, NAVOS told us none of this would have happened if it wasn't for the pandemic.

He said: “I honestly feel like the pandemic has been a blessing in disguise for me, it’s been a positive experience.

“Without COVID-19, I wouldn't have had the time to produce music with enough focus. Certainly enough to break through.

In line with his dreams coming true, Ross was thrilled to discover that he's featured on the iconic Now That’s What I Call Music CDs.

NAVOS told us how he has dreamed of that moment since childhood. He said: “I used to tell my nan when I was like four or five years old that I was going to be on that album.

“She was always like yeah alright son, just pacifying me as a kid as all grandparents do, so when it happened, it felt so surreal.

"When I saw the new one, I picked it up thinking nothing of it, until my girlfriend pointed out that I was on the second disk!

“I bought one and haven’t taken it out of the wrapper, it’s going to stay the way it is, it’s a keepsake now.”

Ross was in his final year studying sports therapy at Edge Hill University and despite being determined to graduate, dropped out a couple of weeks ago.

He added: “I couldn’t do everything at once and with it being my third and final year, I had my dissertation and everything to do.

“It just wasn’t realistic or ideal to continue with my studies when music is what I want to do with my life.

“This is my passion and I didn’t want anything to come in the way of or jeopardise it so I had to make the choice of one or the other and I definitely wasn’t dropping music.

“I feel like it’s the right choice and I’m proud I picked music. I feel like, fingers crossed, that this is going to be my job for the rest of my life.”

The 21-year-old from Rainford added: “It is one of those ‘pinch you’ moments. From doing nothing and working in Dunelm to now, it’s weird.

“It’s something that you dream of and to see it coming true, it’s crazy.”

Born out of lockdown, Believe Me is the third track released by Ross and within three weeks of its release, became an instant hit among regional radio shows.

With more than three hundred national plays, Ross added: “It is probably the quickest song I have done.

“I was messing around with the production for a few hours but initially, it didn’t take that long to come up with the idea for the song.

“To be honest, I think I wrote it in about ten to fifteen minutes after finding the vocals.”

As the new single continues to power through the UK charts, Ross discussed what inspired his explosive debut.

Speaking with his keyboard and production desk behind him, NAVOS said: “When I am making music, I always like telling a story.

“There's got to be some type of emotion to it and that I’m not just writing anything.

“I feel like music has got to tell a story and if it doesn’t, it’s not going to resonate with people.

“I wrote it to make people feel good and smile.

"it’s got that feel-good summer vibe to it."

Touching on the fact he was not initially going to release the track, Ross added: “The reaction shocks me more knowing that it was nearly not released.. and now seeing it's gone viral.

“This is the best that my production has ever been, I just knew it was something good.

“I was a bit sceptical at first because, I like the song, but at the time it wasn’t my favourite and then my mates were like no you have to do it, you have to put it out which is exactly what I did.”

The summer-inspired track has been a ‘dream come true’ for Ross as now he is doing what he has wanted to do his entire life.

Ross expressed how Avicii was the one who inspired him to produce music and said: “Seeing Avicii in Manchester is the reason I bought my laptop and first music editing software.

“To even be compared to and now be doing the same job as Avicii is a dream come true.

“The maddest thing about it is that I am also fighting for places in the charts against people like Justin Bieber and Drake.”

As his career has only just begun, be sure to keep your eyes open for more punchy flare feel-good songs from NAVOS. There are clearly more great things to expect.


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